Brisbane: Swiss tennis great Roger Federer laid down a marker for the Australian Open when he swatted away the challenge of Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International Saturday.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer 

Federer took just 53 minutes in a 6-2, 6-2 demolition of the world number 11 from Bulgaria, his 999th win on the ATP Tour.

The Swiss maestro showed just how far Dimitrov has to go if he wants to get to that level. Federer's service return was exemplary.

He broke Dimitrov four times and never allowed the 23-year-old to settle into the match.

Federer now has the chance to stamp his authority over another potential challenger, Raonic, who downed Nishikori in an epic two-and-a-half hour semi-final on Pat Rafter Arena.